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Old 09-27-2015, 10:13 AM   #99
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Maybe it has to with the trailers here being built different, making for liabilities I'm not aware of? In Holland and Germany the frame sides from back to hitch are full length, not a rectangle with a V shape welded on later. When I picked up Truus I took it to Kal-Tire in Langley, they put new tires on, commented on the axle/ frame having suspension, as well as surge- and Ebrakes. I do not know if a statistic can be found that shows Europe versus North America accidents with trailers.
The TDI Jetta wagon (mine is 2005) was Tow Vehicle of the year more than once.
Sadly for the environment, in Europe bigger is becoming better for vehicles and trailers. If my Jetta has to go, I'll replace it with another VW diesel. I love how well it is built, and how it handles. VW in Tennessee cheated, not a good thing- but pollution-wise they would still be much better than all the overkill fuelguzzlers common here.
Don't apologize, Redbarron. Maybe it will make a difference if we start going to VW dealerships and ask about the towing weight rating, and ask WHY the wagons are rated 500kgs (1100 lbs) if at all? Sqeeking wheels might get some grease that way.
I just wished I'd imported a TDI with hitch and electric socket along with the trailer and had it sent to Halifax. I could have driven the combo back here and have that off the bucket list :-)
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(Clip) "VW in Tennessee cheated, not a good thing- but pollution-wise they would still be much better than all the overkill fuelguzzlers common here."


NOT, NOT and NOT


The entire blame for VWs, not so little, scam can be traced to nowhere but Wolfsburg.


When the TN plant opened in 2011, the emissions scam had already started with the 2009 model.


The TN plant assembles about 150,000 vehicles a year. In 4.5 years, that's less than 700,000 vehicles assembled for worldwide sales. But there are about 11 million vehicles included in the scam.


There is nothing whatsoever to suggest that a VW diesel, with the emissions controls basically turned OFF, puts out less emissions per mile than a properly tuned larger vehicle, that's just VW's owners wishes..... Beside which, diesel emissions are somewhat different than those in gasoline vehicles.


Volkwagen AG corporate has admitted guilt, and owns this issue 100%
There is no evidence yet made public that the plant in TN was even aware of the scam being perpetrated with the vehicles they were assembling.


This scam has nothing whatsoever to do with the TN assy plant, it is from a much higher level in VW.
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Pricey to be sure, but no more so than my 2015 F150 Lariat - and similar towing capacity, with great fuel economy. Really hard to beat a Touareg as a tow vehicle, provided you have the means.
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MSRP VW Touareg base models starts at C$59,975 up to C$68,575
MSRP Ford F150 base models start at C$23,728 up to C$55,205.
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Isn't this about the 27th time we have seen this publicity stunts youtube? Lets at least try to talk about FGRV related topics.
Ok dar buddy.. Lets talk VW's towing glass eggs and not towing 747's! Got it!
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Speaking of bumpers and attachment points; drove past a Lexus that was parallel parked on a major street here today. The entire rear "bumper" was laying on the ground, kind of hanging from the car. There didn't appear to be any other damage ( like would occur if it had been rear-ended ).
Oddly, the parking space behind it was open.
I saw the same thing!! What ever hit it hit it hard!! Had to be more than a 5mph hit for sure!

BUT when I saw it there was a small car parked behind it that had no damage to the front end of it.

Suspect who ever hit it took off while the owner was shopping - or the owner backed hard into someone while parking and what it hit had already left either on its own or on the back of a tow truck.
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In Canada:

MSRP VW Touareg base models starts at C$59,975 up to C$68,575

MSRP Ford F150 base models start at C$23,728 up to C$55,205.

Good point Carol. Wasn't considering Canadian prices with that comment. A well equipped Touareg in the states would run about 45k, while my F150 Lariat Super Crew short bed 2wd was 49k total - so at least in the U.S., the Touareg compared to my truck was slightly cheaper.


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Good point Carol. Wasn't considering Canadian prices with that comment. A well equipped Touareg in the states would run about 45k, while my F150 Lariat Super Crew short bed 2wd was 49k total - so at least in the U.S., the Touareg compared to my truck was slightly cheaper.


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Even at $4K more , I would still pick your Ford truck any day.
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Even at $4K more , I would still pick your Ford truck any day.
Apples to Oranges. No doubt the T-Reg has the engineering, fine details, and towing prowess but if you need a pick up to carry a cord of wood or stuff the F150 is the way to go.
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I'd take my truck too, for a variety of reasons. Still, VW has one fine tow vehicle there.


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But a pick-up is always a pick-up. I solved the carry=stuff problem when I sold my Sonoma and bought a Blazer by adding a $600 utility trailer to my collection. It carries more than the Sonoma and can sit around 1/2 full when not being used.


In Europe pick-up are seldom seen, but utility trailers are very common, even the local equivalent of Home Depot sells them.
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True enough Bob. I'm in Manchester UK this week, and although there aren't many pickups, there are a few smaller ones. I would say the lack of pickups here has less to do with practicality than it does with size. Every vehicle is smaller. A full sized car is a rare thing in the parking lots here. Of course, the going rate for petrol of £1.119 per liter has a lot to do with that, as well as the narrow streets.


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Also, pick-up are usually a second or third car in the USA, in Europe even two car families are rare.
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But a pick-up is always a pick-up. I solved the carry=stuff problem when I sold my Sonoma and bought a Blazer by adding a $600 utility trailer to my collection. It carries more than the Sonoma and can sit around 1/2 full when not being used.


In Europe pick-up are seldom seen, but utility trailers are very common, even the local equivalent of Home Depot sells them.
And a Blazer is always a Blazer !!
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